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the american people tonight to explain the u.s. mission in libya. the reasoning behind it. the u.s. military's role, and are we go from here. all this comes on the heels of a significant, rather, a dramatic victory for the administration with nato agreeing yesterday to take command of the mission including the ground attack. that as international airstrikes continue for the 9th night over the nation. libya state tv broadcast these images from a southern city of sabha claiming the attacks were against civilians. top nato commander today hitting back against suggestions that nato forces are essentially providing air cover for the rebels. >> our goal, our goal, it is to help protect civilians and population centers from attack or that are the threat of an attack. >>shepard: the in six not to take sides but we have. the opposition is benefiting, before the no-fly zone they were in trouble but this has weakened the military. and now the two sides are fighting on equal terms because of us and they are closing in on muammar qaddafi's hometown, a key government stronghold on the road to tripoli. and
: international forces attack muammar qaddafi's military. u.s. and coalition fighters flying more than 150 air anythings over north africa nation and firing 16 cruise missiles in the past 24 hours according to a spokesman after nato agreed last night to assume command of the no-fly zone. but united states and other allied forces are in charm of the rest of the world in including attacks on the ground forces which is the toughest part of the operation and the most controversial. the quick exit does not appear likely and now steve harrigan in the libyan capital but first over to the pentagon. the transition of command is happening. what does it mean? >> we are told from a senior nato official it is being transitioned and it will take 72 hours before general ham can hand over to the nato command structure and the new lieutenant general, the canadian lieutenant general is put in charge of the no-fly zone. the enforcement of the no-fly zone will still be robust. this is not going to just be planes looking for aircraft in the sky. it will be a robust enforcement of the no-fly zone. listen to investi
made the case on u.s. involvement in libya, the military is preparing to scale back the role and let nato take command. at the same time, members from 40 nations gather in london to discuss the end game in libya and a possible future without muammar qaddafi. at home nato allied supreme commander in europe, is telling congress he is optimistic muammar qaddafi will fall under the pressure. >> we have a chance at muammar qaddafi leaving because the entire international community is again him. >>shepard: muammar qaddafi ruled for four decades and repeatedly said he will never give up and despite international strikes against his military, the rebels say the government is better armed and organization than anything makeshift they come up with. there are muammar qaddafi's government tanks and rockets driving back the open opposition. though are trying to retreat, the relatives from a town. >> regular cars are fighting with machine guns, et cetera, et cetera, we did not have arms or we would finish muammar qaddafi in a few days. >>shepard: a spokesman for the opposition in london asking the
hands. he has not been given any immunity from the u.s. there will be no immunity from prosecution there either. it remains to be seen what happens to moussa koussa. they wanted information but they may also want to put him on trial in the future, shep. >> shepard: complicated. jonathan hunt will be chatting away with you if you so choose. go over to the fox news .com/shep. appears i'm wearing my glasses on that thing. that's weird. click the on the hunt thing on the right and join the conversation. he is a great conversationist, that jonathan hunt. enjoy him. >> colonel qaddafi today warning the west that they have started something in libya they cannot control meaning we. in a statement to libyan television qaddafi says the leaders who decided to launch a crusader war between christians and muslims it is they who have stricken with madness. it will be out of their control no matter what methods of detraction they have at their disposal. this comes from a dictator who pleasantly blamed the uprising in libya on bin laden and protesters fueled by nescafe spiked by hallucinogenic dru
is one of the most important countries in the region and it has great implications for u.s. national security and with regard to israel, very important place. the fact that those people are rising up is much more difficult to rise up in syria and come out to the streets of syria than in egypt so this is a major shift. i remember asking secretary gates about this when we were traveling to afghanistan just two weeks ago. i said why haven't we seen protests in syria and he said because the assad rejamie -- regime would kill those people so there are a lot of raised eyebrows to see the syrian people are protesting. >>shepard: and i would say that washington was probably caught off guard and the people were blown away by this. this was leaked, the message to the president in advance was "reform begins now." a 48 year police state was about to evaporate and when it did not happen in the south of the country they started to rise up again and we are either going to see the military back down or we are going to see the military kill them. >>jonathan: far more likely in this situation we are g
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